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September 2021, English
12.5×19 cm, 248 pages, 31 color ill., softcover with dust jacket
ISBN 978-3-95679-544-2
Experiments in Art and Capitalism
Ronnie Fueglister
Stockholm School of Economics

Economic Ekphrasis proposes a new model for arts-based business education. Using the Stockholm-wide exhibition “Standard Length of a Miracle” by conceptual artist duo Goldin+Senneby as a case study, the book rethinks relevant business studies with art created inside the back-office realities of financialized capitalism. While “ekphrasis” means literary descriptions of visual art, Economic Ekphrasis challenges scholars of art, finance, and management to see new aspects of financialized life that have been obscured by mainstream approaches.

Economic Ekphrasis: Goldin+Senneby and Art for Business Education is part of the SSE Art Initiative series Experiments in Art and Capitalism.

“The practices of Economic Ekphrasis show how art, beyond traditional critique or celebration, can generate unforeseen perspectives that challenge, tackle, and irritate capitalism.”

— Daniel Birnbaum,

Professor of Philosophy, Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Director, Acute Art, London

“This book should be obligatory reading for people who see no connection between the economy and the arts.”

— Barbara Czarniawska,

Research Professor, Gothenburg Research Institute, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg

“Goldin+Senneby’s nuanced use of utterly surprising tools—black-box trading strategies, secrets, absences, magic, a broken table, an oak tree—provokes us to think more imaginatively about financial and economic life.”

— Donald MacKenzie,

Professor of Sociology, University of Edinburgh

“The concept of Economic Ekphrasis is a clever proposal to avoid falling into the pitfall of reducing the place of art in a business school to an instrumental function.”

— Ève Chiapello,

Professor and Director of Studies, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris

“Goldin+Senneby’s multidimensional art-economic interventions are iconic reference points for artists working with finance. Essential reading for anyone interested in the intersection of art and business today.”

— Christopher Kulendran Thomas,

artist, founder of New Eelam

Economic Ekphrasis—performing socially responsible art inside capitalism!”

— Maria and Michelangelo Pistoletto,

founders of Terzo Paradiso, Cittadellarte Biella